September 30, 2020

Liquor cuffs on guest house trio

Patna: Three youths were arrested from a guest house on Fraser Road on Wednesday evening on charges of consuming liquor.

Among those in the net is the son of the owner of the guest house which was raided by police following a tip-off that a liquor party was going on there.

The police, however, could not recover any liquor bottle at the guest house. Those arrested tested positive for liquor consumption.

Ramashankar Singh, the station house officer of Kotwali police station, said: “Based on a tip-off, we conducted the raid around Wednesday midnight. Three persons, including the son of the owner of the guest house, were about to leave the premises. The three persons smelt of alcohol.”

The police conducted an alcohol test on the three youths, which were found positive. Apart from the owner’s son, the others arrested are his two friends. All three are residents of Goria Toli near Patna Junction and had organised a party for which they had ordered liquor.

Ramashankar added: “The three persons have been forwarded to judicial custody after they were produced before a magistrate. The three persons confessed before police that a bootlegger from Patna City area had supplied the liquor to them.”

The arrests have again raised questions about liquor supply to guest houses and hotels in Patna and the perceived involvement of high-profile persons in the illegal alcohol trade.

On March 19, the Patna police arrested two senior officials of an oil major in an inebriated state from the company guest office. The officials were arrested from the company’s office-cum-transit guest house at Vasant Vihar (Boring Road) where the birthday party of one of them was going on.

A day before that, a duty officer of an airline was arrested on charges of drunken driving. The arrested airline official was returning home to Sipara near Danapur after attending a party at Fatuha where liquor was served.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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